Case Report: Acanthamoeba Keratitis Management in a First-trimester Pregnant Patient

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Abstract

SIGNIFICANCE

Lacrimal punctal plugs may prevent the teratogenicity of the treatment used in infectious keratitis. Its use should be strongly considered in these cases.

PURPOSE

We present the case of a 7-week pregnant patient with Acanthamoeba keratitis.

CASE REPORT

The patient was a contact lens user with photophobia, redness, and intense pain in the right eye that started 2 weeks earlier. Corrected visual acuity was 20/63 (0.5 logMAR). Biomicroscopy revealed a ciliary injection, perineural infiltrates, and corneal edema. Confocal microscopy and culture confirmed the diagnosis of Acanthamoeba keratitis. Prior to treatment with amebicidal eye drops, plugs were implanted in the lacrimal puncta to reduce the risk of drugs' teratogenicity. Three months after initiating amebicidal treatment, a melting ulcer of immunological etiology developed, which was treated with ReGeneraTing Agent eye drops, carboxymethyl glucose polysulfate (Cacicol; Théa, Clermont-Ferrand, France).

CONCLUSIONS

Lacrimal occlusion with punctal plugs is one of the available options available in cases of pregnant patients to reduce the risk of teratogenicity.

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